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Kirsty Young Steps Down As Host Of Radio 4's Desert Island Discs Permanently After Fibromyalgia Battle
Saturday 6 July 2019
ISLE BE OFF Kirsty Young steps down as host of Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs permanently after fibromyalgia battle
KIRSTY Young is to step down permanently as the host of Radio 4's Desert Island Discs.
The long-standing host said today: "It's time to pursue new challenges."
Kirsty has always been a hero of mine. I’d like to thank her and wish her the very best in her next chapter. To take care of my favourite programme has been an enormous honour and her encouragement has been invaluable. Her D.I.D. archive will remain a joy and a masterclass. https://t.co/1Ht6IpBTUb
DJ Lauren Laverne took on the mantle in what was thought to be a temporary absence from Kirsty.
But today the 50-year-old confirmed she would not return to the long-running BBC show.
She had said in a statement last August: "Casting away some of the world's most fascinating people is a wonderful job - however, I'm having to take some time away from Desert Island Discs as I'm suffering from a form of fibromyalgia."
Today she said: "After 12 incredibly happy and fulfilling years on Desert Island Discs I've decided to step down permanently.
"Having been forced to take some months away from my favourite job because of health problems, I'm happy to say I'm now well on the way to feeling much better.
"But that enforced absence from the show has altered my perspective on what I should do next and so I've decided it's time to pursue new challenges."
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